The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has entered into an approximately $120 million contract with Kaman for the purchase of ten SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft, spare parts, a full mission flight simulator, and related logistics support. The aircraft will be delivered over a three year period and replace some of the existing Seasprites which have been in service since 2001. Originally designed to meet the exacting requirements of the U.S. Navy, the SH-2G Super Seasprite has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any maritime helicopter, assuring a safe return-to-ship capability even in single-engine flight conditions. However, these ‘new’ helos have a familiar provenance, being continually developed following the Australia’s disastrous budget-blowing flirtation with the type. The Kiwis are buying 8 SH-2G upgraded Super Seasprites, 2 spare airframes, spare parts, Penguin missiles, and a training simulator. Kaman will return the helicopters to flyable status from storage in Connecticut, USA, followed by flight testing and airworthiness certification by New Zealand. They’ll be manned by a crew of three instead of Australia’s two, and the absence of the “no hands” autopilot feature means it will be hands-on at all times. The first three helicopters are due in late 2014, and deliveries should be done in 2016. Estimated service life is “out to 2030,” according to New Zealand’s National Party government, who also states that “All other technical issues have been resolved by the manufacturer Kaman”.